My usual plea

To all of my fellow Brits, please vote tomorrow. Vote because people fought for you to have the right to do it. Vote because every vote is a poke in the eye of apathy. Vote because it’s a cool thing to do. Vote because people died for you to have the right to do it….

OK Gen X

A friend and I were sitting around, attempting to put the world to rights, when our conversation turned to the Youth Of Today. My friend is a teaching assistant so our conversations usually veer in that direction. We ended up agreeing that all young people were either in gangs, unduly influenced by Instagram or likely…

Standards and how to beat yourself up with them

Following a recent conversation with a friend, during which I recommended that she think about her own situation from the outside – how would she advise a beloved friend who was going through what she was? – I realised I should probably start taking my own advice. I have read a lot recently about not…

Pausing to do stuff

Apologies for the blogging break (and as I insist that I write this for myself as much as anyone else those are apologies to me too) but decorating was done, Black Friday shopping was avoided like the plague and puppies were played with (not my puppy, but who wouldn’t stop blogging to stare into those…

On the right side

A few days ago I was thinking about a particularly miserable old sod I happen to unfortunately know. I most often picture him sitting, always in the same spot, wading through the worst of the ‘news’ he can find and quietly enjoying every minute of it. Seeing things wrong in the world reinforces every negative…

A flippant post about gym etiquette

For those who have never succumbed to the pressure to join a gym and get all fit and lithe (ha! as if!) there are parts of it that are not obvious and that you don’t learn until you’ve dived in and paid your money. There is an Etiquette. (There is also a pecking order but…

It’s not the same

Today I am linking to a short piece written by someone else. A lot of you may already know Dave Pell as the author of Nextdraft, a daily newsletter and source of amusing, thoughtful and sometimes dreadful links. Dave has written an article on Medium, very personal and very pointed, and has asked for it…

Books and how much I love them

My book reading diet has been a little different recently. In an effort to increase my minimalism and frugality I have taken to rereading a series that I have owned for quite some time, but that I will now donate. I have also read some of the ones that have been sitting on my Tsundoku…

A rant about a film

I’m Back… First disclosure – I LOVE the first two Terminator films and I really wanted to enjoy the following three, but they were bad. In fact, as a message to everyone who has ever made a Terminator film – STOP NOW. You are just about ahead at this point….STOP NOW. Yes, that bit of…

Hope

I love graffiti, it’s the most public form of art you can get. It is a way to judge the state of the world and when it is done well it can be just as moving as the greatest portrait in some gallery or museum. As I have previously declared – I love Birmingham. This…